Dubbed the “Queen of Comfort Food,” celebrity chef Paula Deen is known for her indulgent recipes, like the brunch burger and fried butter balls, but recently, it’s her health that’s making headlines. Three years after being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, Paula revealed her condition not long after signing on to endorse diabetes medication. Is she sending the wrong message about America’s attitude toward treating diabetes? And, while she’s never claimed to be anything but a southern cook, does she owe it to her fans to be a healthy role model? Tell us what you think.
“It is said that 95 percent of diabetes cases in this country are type-2 diabetes,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “And it is estimated that 80 percent of those [cases] are due to lifestyle choices.
“The fact is a lot of people are suffering from type-2 diabetes, but it’s not always the individual’s fault,” Dr. Travis adds. “What I’m really disturbed by is that she’s signed on to be a spokesperson for diabetes medications. There is no pill that can replicate what changing your diet can do physiologically.”
Mystery Symptoms Strike New York Teens
Twitches, outbursts, seizures – a mystery illness befalls New York teens with Tourette’s-like symptoms. The first documented victim, Alycia Nicholson, 16, and her father, Randy, join The Doctors in an exclusive interview, and neurosurgeon Dr. Neil Martin performs physical and physiological tests on Alycia in hopes of determining the cause of her symptoms.
“If your child has a few ticks, eye blinking, head jerking or sounds, it’s not [necessarily] a cause for panic,” Dr. Martin says. “Have [the symptoms] investigated by your doctor, but it doesn’t [usually] mean your child has a horrible neurological disease.”
Symptoms of a Concussion
A clip from the popular CBS show, The Amazing Race, instantly went viral as one challenger was struck in the face by a watermelon that had been launched by a slingshot that backfired. Watch the clip on YouTube.
Fortunately, the challenger did not suffer a concussion; however, a hard blow to the head can put you at risk.
Dr. Travis explains how to know if you have a concussion
after being hit in the face or head.
Symptoms of a concussion:
• Relentless, low grade headache.
• Memory problems, lack of concentration.
• Problems speaking.
• Neck stiffness.
What to do if you sustain a concussion:
• Stay as still as possible.
• Have someone call for help.
• If conscious, ask questions.
• When home, apply ice every 20 to 30 minutes every two to four hours for the first 48 hours.
“A concussion is a mild brain injury where there’s no obvious evidence of damage,” Dr. Travis explains.
Two Seniors and a Webcam
Bruce and Esther Huffman, 87 and 79, respectively, unknowingly recorded themselves on their webcam while trying to set it up on their new computer. After finding the endearing video, their granddaughter posted it on YouTube, and, to their surprise, it went viral, with close to 11 million views! Watch it on YouTube.
Bruce and Esther join The Doctors via Polycom with some questions of their own.
“I try to stay sharp by riding my bicycle most everyday, as well as walking and swimming,” Bruce says. “I’ve also been playing ping pong almost everyday for about 80 years.”
“We take a balance class together and I play word games like Scrabble,” Esther adds.
“Which of those activities are the most helpful to prevent Alzheimer’s?” they ask.
Dr. Travis confirms that Bruce and Esther are doing all the right things to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show that moderate exercise can reduce the risk of dementia by 40 percent, while playing word and number puzzles keep new neuronal connections forming in the brain. Eating well is also key to prevention, as people who ate fish once a week showed a 36 percent less decline in cognitive functions over three years than those who didn’t.